Mercedes-Benz has some major changes in store for its product line over the
coming years, with several key models receiving facelifts and complete name
changes. We have already seen this with the new 2010 E-Class Coupe, which has
replaced the CLK, and soon we will see the CL name phased out with the
introduction of a facelifted model next year. The updated car will come in for
the 2011 model year and go by the new name of S-Class Coupe.
Mercedes-Benz engineera are unlikely to change the CL’s powertrain lineup for
the new S-Class Coupe, which means that the current assortment of V-8 and V-12
engines should remain. There could, however, be a number of modifications to the
exhaust filtering systems to help improve emissions, as well as the introduction
of engine stop-start and direct-injection technologies.
The current C216 CL was first introduced at the end of 2006 but prototypes for
the facelifted version have been spotted testing in Germany as early as August
last year. Earlier this year we saw images of the high-performance AMG model but
these latest shots depict the standard model. New details include a more upright
grille highlighted with a single chrome bar, as well the new headlight design
and LED accents.
In the rear we can clearly see full LED rear lights, a new bumper design and
different shape exhaust tips. Other changes planned include new indicators in
the side mirrors.